A group of the team walked across the bridge from Mexico back to the USA.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
It is a wonderful intergenerational opportunity where multiple ages work together on servant teams — an experience that is sometimes lacking in our everyday lives.
Families have the chance to work and serve together and new friendships are formed. The children that we have grown to love over the years eagerly await our visit all year, and we love to catch up with them just like any "family" does at a reunion.
More than anything, we acknowledge that we are all part of God's family, so we have that sense that, even though we are miles apart, we remain in each others' hearts when we part.
Our theme for the week was "Soak It All In" based on John 7:37-38.
Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let anyone who believes in me drink. As the scripture said, "Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water."
A lot of our activities revolved around the theme of water.
We talked about how, just as each shirt was created differently, we are created differently by God. But each shirt has its own beauty created out of water and the colorful dyes.
Friday, April 4, 2014
We painted the walls (many hands helped with the painting and clean-up) and then turned our amazing artists loose.
In the little girls' room, we asked them what they wanted on the walls and came up with some beautiful designs.
Another project was reinforcing a rickety set of shelves — we took all the clothes off, folded them, and then put them back when the shelves were done.
We ended up installing some beautiful shower curtains that provide privacy and added color to the new room.
Penny, All Saints' Director of Children's Ministry, led the painting project. One of Penny's many gifts is her ability to involve everyone in the project! In addition, she is able to identify artistic gifts and worked with the young artists on our team to create the beautiful paintings on the freshly painted walls.
Paloma working on the window frames.
Marni (below) is an art teacher and brought her many talents to the painting project.
The girls requested a unicorn on the walls and Marni created one for them!